Militant piracy troubles Philippines

Manila appeals for help from US or China over hijackings on crucial sea trade route

Islamist militant piracy troubles Philippines


Piracy by Islamist extremists in a crucial south Philippine trade route has triggered alarm in Manila and opened a potential new dimension in the proxy superpower struggle in the region’s seas.

A spate of sea kidnappings by Abu Sayyaf militants around the Sibutu passage that links Southeast Asia to the wider Pacific region is a “major concern” and may need US or Chinese intervention to help, the Philippine defence secretary said.

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